Security firm Trend Micro says that there has been an uptick of scams involving a fake Grand Theft Auto V PC beta test. When users take the bait, they end up with an infected PC, according to the firm. If you've been paying attention you are probably already well aware that Rockstar Games has not said that it is making a PC version of its 2013 hit open world action game.
The scam comes in an email that alerts you that you have been invited to the fake PC beta test for the game, but according to Trend Micro clicking on those links in the email lead to several bad websites that will infect you with all kinds of malware. It also comes with a zipped attachment, which serves as another vehicle to infect your computer should the links in the email avoid your rapt attention.
"In the past, we have reported several spam attacks that banked on the success and popularity of online games in order to proliferate malware. Games like World of Warcraft and Grand Theft Auto IV were also leveraged before by spammers," Trend Micro wrote in its Threat Encyclopedia. "Clearly, the worldwide success of these games makes it a good social engineering lure to trick users. In this specific case, spammers capitalized on the much-anticipated release date of Grand Theft Auto V on PC, Xbox One, and PS4."
Moral of the story: don't click on links to beta tests for games that do not exist.
Find out more about this nasty little scam here.
Source: The Escapist